The Jacksonville Jaguars have been deemed a quality destination for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
It has been an offseason of change for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and that is particularly true at the wide receiver position. The ‘Allen Brothers’, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both out, sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Donte Moncrief has been brought in as a free agent signing.
With the moves, the current stable of wideouts on the roster expected to contribute alongside Moncrief is Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, and Dede Westbrook. With the unit as it stands, the position has been labeled a major draft need, although I don’t think the group is as dire as many others think.
But could the Jaguars make a monumental splash at wide receiver elsewhere than the NFL draft? Friction has quickly escalated between the New York Giants organization and their star pass catcher Odell Beckham Jr., so much so that the team is open to exploring a trade to send the player out of the Big Apple.
With that on the table, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks listed five teams that would be a good fit for Becham Jr., and Jacksonville made the cut. Brooks starts with the connection between Beckham Jr. and Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin, who drafted and coached the receiver in New York:
"The obvious connection to Tom Coughlin makes this a sensible match. The two-time Super Bowl winner drafted Beckham and helped him quickly grow into a start at the position."
The biggest attraction for potentially wanting OBJ in black and teal is just the sheer talent:
"On the field, OBJ would give the Jaguars a legitimate No. 1 receiver to build around, which will help Blake Bortles grow as a QB1."
Beckham would clearly be WR1, and having that big play weapon for Blake Bortles to throw to would certainly help Bortles produce at a consistent level, and aid tremendously in balancing the run game.
The biggest question to if the team would even consider trading for OBJ is the price. Brooks points out the discrepancy in reports on what is would cost a team:
"With the Giants apparently demanding a bevy of picks in return for Beckham’s services — ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that it’d cost at least two first-round picks, while our own Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero have heard the right price is more like a first-round pick and a mid-rounder or multiple second-round picks"
That difference is important. Two first-round picks is a hefty ask, and I don’t think there would be any chance the Jaguars take up that offer. If a trade could be done for say a first and a few mid-rounders or maybe a second, I would be on board with Jacksonville taking a swing at bringing the wide receiver to town, but also understand why the team could be not interested in entering the bidding pool.
What do you think, would you want to bring in Odell Beckham Jr. to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars?